Irwin A. Kishner is the Chairman of the Executive Committee and Co-Chairman of the Corporate Department. Irwin concentrates his practice in general corporation law with an emphasis on sophisticated transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions, sports law, private equity, securities law, corporate restructurings and reorganizations, new media law, venture capital, joint venture, entertainment law, corporate finance and lending, intellectual property and licensing, employment law, equity and debt offerings and syndications in both the public and private context.
He has handled numerous mergers and acquisitions, both hostile and friendly, on behalf of acquirers, targets, and investment banks. The range of transactions includes proxy contests, joint ventures, self tender offers, third party and spin-offs, taking public companies private, and other forms of corporate restructurings. Irwin's practice also includes advising financial institutions on regulatory issues and on derivatives and other financial instruments, as well as representation of private equity and venture capital funds and investors in fund formation (onshore and offshore), acquisitions and sales of portfolio companies. He has successfully structured, negotiated, supervised and closed many financing and capital raising transactions, including private placements, initial public offerings, PIPEs, hedge fund convertible security investments, secured and mezzanine loan facilities, project finance, workouts, reorganizations, equity and debt restructurings and negotiation of intercreditor relationships. Irwin has also represented clients in a number of high profile senior executive employment and severance agreements and compensation packages as well as numerous corporations in the administration and establishment of employee compensation plans. Corporate boards and audit and special committees also turn to Irwin for advice on such matters as corporate governance and corporate restructurings.
He represents a number of professional sports franchises and has acted as primary counsel on several high profile team acquisitions; cable television and radio contracts; internet and intellectual property rights; joint ventures; credit facilities; advertising and sponsorship contracts; development and naming rights agreements; franchise transfers and financings; major event and tournament promotions; and seat license agreements for stadiums and arenas. He is currently lead counsel in all aspects of five stadium transactions, most significantly the new Yankee Stadium. Irwin also represents financial institutions and bond insurers in stadium finance matters and loans to teams and team owners.
Irwin advises clients in transactions throughout North America, South America, Europe (including Eastern Europe) and Asia. His clients are involved in a wide range of industries including sports, e-commerce, real estate, engineering, entertainment, manufacturing, franchise, retail, distribution, consumer products, natural resources, consulting, healthcare and other service businesses.
Irwin frequently lectures, and appears on television and radio, on such topics as M&A, private equity, venture capital, sports financing, structured premium finance and life settlements transactions, and executive compensation, among others.
Before joining Herrick, Irwin was an associate in Shearman & Sterling's mergers and acquisitions department where he participated in several high profile hostile tender offers and numerous public and privately negotiated divestitures and acquisitions.